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What Obama’s 2012 Budget Proposal Means for the CDC

February 15, 2011
by Betsy McKay
Wall Street Journal

 

The federal government has invested billions of dollars since 2002 to help cities and states prepare to combat potential bioterror attacks, major disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. Now,  President Obama’s 2012 budget calls for paring some of that spending.

Funding for a public health emergency preparedness program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was cut by about $72 million below fiscal 2010 levels in the budget proposal. Those funds are used to help state and city public health departments monitor for potential outbreaks and threats, hire and train staff to respond and other activities.

The budget proposal notes that those investments are already paying off, with state and local health departments stronger than before — a notion backed in part by a CDC report issued last September.

 

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